9-11 Remembrance Ceremony
Albuquerque- The City of Albuquerque hosted a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony on September 11, 2012 at 8:46am at Fire Station 2, which is currently under construction, located at 2401 Alumni Drive SE (along Gibson Blvd. between University and I-25) to remember the Emergency Responders and civilians that lost their lives during the terrorist attack that occurred on September 11, 2001; and to those that have died in the fight against global terrorism.
During this week’s City Council meeting, the new Fire Station 2 was dedicated to the memory of the Emergency Responders and civilians who lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attack. The ceremony included brief comments by honored guests, raising of the American Flag at the new fire station for the first time, and the release of 4 doves in remembrance of those that lost their lives at each of the 4 terrorist attack locations.
Honored guests and speakers included: Governor Susana Martinez, Mayor Richard J. Berry, City Council President Trudy Jones, APD Police Chief Raymond Schultz, 377th Air Base Wing Commander Colonel John Kubinec of Kirtland AFB, and AFD Fire Chief James Breen.
On September 11, 2001, the peace and security of our nation was shattered by cowardly acts of terrorism that killed 2,977 innocent victims, including 411 emergency responders, 343 of which were Fire Department, City of New York Firefighters. Although the terrorists’ goal was to strike a powerful blow to the hearts of all Americans and tear at the fabric our nation, instead, from the ashes of that tragedy came a remarkable spirit of unity, compassion, sacrifice, and determination that will never be forgotten.
"The rubble of that tragic day is now the foundation of the new world trade center. That just goes to show our American spirit to transform the devastation of 'ground zero' into a skyline showcasing our nation’s strength," said Mayor Berry. "We will never forget those we lost, but we will also not let the cruelty of that day holding us back from rebuilding our future."
September 11 has been designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the United States of America, calling upon all Americans to participate in this observance and tribute through moments of silence, flying the United States flag at half-staff, and community service and charitable activities.